Taking a walk around a hot spring in the Suratthani province of Thailand I noticed something peculiar on a branch, it was a cone like thing, about 4 millimeters high, wobbling it’s way up and down. On closer inspection I could barely see an insect under a pile of white fibers. I presume the insect was collecting the fibers from the branch, this particular tree having fuzzy, silvery leaves covered in very fine fibers that extended down the smallest branches.
Here are a couple picture I took of the bug in question. Well, unfortunately what we can see of the insect is very little, but the “haystack” on top of it is remarkable. The pile itself must had been about 3mm high and the insect bellow no more than a couple millimeters long.
I’m baffled by this little harvesting insect; to begin with why is it collecting fibers like that and how come they appear to be bleached?
Any resident entomologist would like to give this one a swing and clarify the mystery?